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  • Kuyt (55)
  • Date:2010-02-06
  • Kick-off:12:45
  • Venue:Anfield
  • Attendance:44316
  • Referee:Atkinson, M

Live Commentary

90mins

Full-Time: LIVERPOOL 1-0 EVERTON. The referee blows the whistle at Anfield and Liverpool collect all three points

90mins

Martin Skrtel comes on for Kuyt

90mins

Pienaar picks up his second yellow card for a foul on Gerrard and is sent off

90mins

Rodriguez leaves the field to be replaced by Fabio Aurelio

90mins

Anichebe runs into the box and turns easily past Agger. He should have taken the shot but makes a mess of his effort after taking a touch

90mins

Reina looks OK to continue

90mins

Reina clashes accidentally with a group of players in the box after a great cross from Everton and the goalkeeper takes quite some time to pick himself up

88mins

Yakubu's shot out of nowhere forces Reina into a smart save

87mins

The game looks to have settled down after another crazy few minutes as Everton try to build an attack from the back

84mins

Anichebe is booked for his part in that brawl

84mins

Gerrard is booked for his challenge

83mins

A bit of a brawl kicks off after Gerrard clashes with Pienaar

82mins

Baines collects the ball on the left and Everton bomb forward in numbers. Gerrard sprints over to make a great challenge and Everton make do with a corner, which is eventually cleared

80mins

Phil Neville and Rodriguez clash near the halfway line and, although it looks quite nasty to begin with, both players seem OK

79mins

Everton are seeing plenty of the ball in midfield but can't find that incisive final pass that could make a difference here

75mins

Liverpool are playing well on the break and this time Babel looks to be through in a dangerous position but he's flagged offside

73mins

Arteta comes back on the pitch after receiving treatment for a blow to the face. Everton fans will be relieved to see he's OK

71mins

Saha comes off for Victor Anichebe

71mins

Ayegbeni Yakubu comes on for Osman

70mins

Donovan wins a free kick on the edge of the box for Everton. Arteta takes it but it's a poor attempt and Liverpool can break forward. Insua aims a cross towards Babel but Howard rises high to claim the ball

69mins

Babel is seeing quite a lot of the ball since coming on but his final touch hasn't been great

66mins

Mascherano's teasing cross from the right fails to pick out a player in the box for Liverpool

65mins

Everton are finding it very difficult to break down Liverpool, who are defending very well across the pitch

63mins

Ryan Babel comes on for Ngog

62mins

Gerrard's cross just goes over the head of Ngog in the box

61mins

Liverpool look like they might be about to make a change but Rafael Benitez will be happy with the way his team is playing

58mins

Excellent run from Donovan down the right, as he skips past Insua with ease and sends in a great cross to win a corner

56mins

Gerrard's free kick is collected easily by Howard, who will be unhappy with conceding that goal from Kuyt

55mins

Heitinga is booked for a foul on Rodriguez

54mins

LIVERPOOL 1-0 EVERTON. Liverpool take the lead through a KUYT header from a corner.

53mins

Ngog and Distin battle away in the box trying to win the ball. Ngog gets his shot away but it deflects off Distin for a corner. Good work there from both players

51mins

Ngog wins a free kick after going down easily under the slightest of challenges from Arteta. Gerrard's attempt is fired straight at the arms of Howard

48mins

Nice build-up play from Everton around the box. Pienaar eventually gets a cross in but it's blocked by Mascherano

46mins

Everton break forward but Cahill's shot goes straight into the arms of Reina

46mins

Kuyt wins a header and then manages to win an early corner for Liverpool. Gerrard sends the ball in from the right but Everton clear

45mins

The second half is underway at Anfield

45mins

Half-Time: LIVERPOOL 0-0 EVERTON.

45mins

Saha picks out Donovan on the edge of the box. The ball eventually falls to Cahill and he sends an effort just over the bar from close range with a diving header. Great chance for Everton

44mins

Cahill fouls Gerrard just outside the box in a central position. Gerrard takes the free kick and the ball whacks the top of the bar

42mins

Ngog does well to keep the ball in play on the right for Liverpool but Everton win it back without too much trouble. There's no rhythm to this game after so many fouls and bookings

39mins

Mikel Arteta comes on for Fellaini, who is carried off down the tunnel to receive more treatment after that nasty tackle

39mins

Everton are still playing with 10 men as Fellaini receives treatment

38mins

Saha looks to be through on goal once again but Liverpool hold a good line and he's flagged offside

38mins

There has been very little football played in this game; it's just a physical battle right now

35mins

Fellaini is still down after that challenge and is now being carried off on a stretcher

33mins

Sotirios Kyrgiakos makes a horrendous two footed challenge on Fellaini and the referee has no choice but to send him off

32mins

Louis Saha is nearly through on goal but Reina is alert to rush off his line and clear the ball

31mins

Ngog has the first good chance of the game as Gerrard picks him out with a good pass after sloppy play from Everton. Osman applies pressure at the last moment though and Ngog skews his shot wide

29mins

Jamie Carragher is booked for a tackle from behind on Pienaar. Maybe an element of revenge about that one

29mins

Steven Pienaar is booked for a shocking challenge on Mascherano. That could have broken Mascherano's leg and should have been a sending off

28mins

Gerrard's shot is deflected for a corner. Gerrard's corner from the right comes out to Mascherano but he's challenged well by Leon Osman

27mins

Challenges are now flying in from all over the place and the referee needs to get a handle on this before it turns nasty

25mins

Kuyt claims he's being held back in the box by Baines but again the referee fails to take action

24mins

Kuyt goes down under a challenge from Fellaini. Kuyt claims he was kicked in the face by the big Everton man but the referee takes no action

21mins

Leighton Baines takes a free kick from just outside the box and Reina is able to tip the ball over the bar quite comfortably

20mins

Kuyt brings down Donovan with a cynical challenge just outside the box after the Everton man went on a lovely run towards the area. Kuyt is booked for the challenge

20mins

Liverpool are happy to play possession football at the moment, with occasional breaks forward through Kuyt especially

17mins

Kuyt finds himself in plenty of space in the box but gets his shot badly wrong and Everton can clear the ball

15mins

Dirk Kuyt picks out Ngog with a neat low pass but Distin and Johnny Heitinga combine well to win the ball back

14mins

Liverpool pressure is mounting now as Gerrard takes another corner for the home side. The ball comes out to Emiliano Insua, who fails to mount another attack with some Liverpool players in promising positions

12mins

Daniel Agger takes a shot from inside the box after being left in plenty of space but the ball clears the bar

12mins

David Ngog nearly gets past Sylvain Distin in the box but the ball just doesn't fall quite right for him

9mins

Fellaini is caught late by a nasty tackle from Mascherano. The referee has a quick word with the Liverpool man

8mins

Tim Cahill takes an instinctive shot from outside the box but fails to get any direction or power on his attempt

7mins

Liverpool are starting to see more of the ball now but Everton are showing they're up for a physical battle today

4mins

Marouane Fellaini fouls Maximiliano Maxi Rodriguez and Javier Mascherano takes the resulting free kick

3mins

Steven Gerrard fizzes in a free kick from the left and Tim Howard is forced to act quickly and punch the ball away

2mins

Good early pressure from Everton, as Landon Donovan takes two quick corners in succession. Jose Manuel Reina struggles to cope with the second corner and Louis Saha tries to win the ball but the referee calls a foul

0mins

The game is underway at Anfield

0mins

Everton have been in confident mood ahead of this one but they have an awful record at Anfield and Liverpool will want to secure all three points today

Match Preview

Saturday lunchtime sees the pride of Merseyside on the line as Everton make the short trip to Anfield to take on Liverpool.

The Reds have got their campaign for a top-four finish back on track in recent weeks, but their revival will face a major test from a Toffees side that have risen into the top half of the table in recent weeks.

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez was content to allow transfer deadline day to pass without any major moves, with his side having won four and drawn two of their last six Premier League games.

That run has brought the Reds back into contention for a Champions League spot and reignited speculation linking Benitez with a move to Juventus in the summer.

However, the Spaniard remains committed to the Anfield cause and said after the 2-0 win over Bolton last time out: "I am really happy because we're six games unbeaten and have more clean sheets - very good.

"We are improving. You can see the team is working very hard and hopefully we can keep up the momentum."

Liverpool's upturn in form has come despite Fernando Torres and Glen Johnson (both knee) and Yossi Benayoun (rib) being sidelined at present.

While the Reds are unbeaten in six league games, Everton are on a nine-game unbeaten run, with their last defeat being a 2-0 home reverse to Liverpool in the first derby of the season in late November.

Since then David Moyes' men have banished fears of a possible relegation battle and are now eyeing European football for next season.

They have won their last three games without conceding a goal, while Moyes will take charge of his 600th game as a manager this weekend, cautious over his team's prospects.

He said after the 1-0 win at Wigan: "We'll wait and see where it goes, but who knows? We can't be aiming too high too soon.

"We'll wait and see how we go over the coming months and we have a tough month to come."


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Match Report

Dirk Kuyt's 50th goal for Liverpool settled a feisty Merseyside derby as the ten-man Reds overcame the first-half dismissal of Sotirios Kyrgiakos to record a vital 1-0 win against Everton.

The Greece international was sent off 11 minutes before the break after a clash with Marouane Fellaini which resulted in the Belgian being carried off.

But Liverpool refused to buckle and Kuyt struck the decisive blow in the 55th minute when he headed in a Steven Gerrard corner and Everton's misery was complete in stoppage time when Steven Pienaar was sent off for a second yellow card.

Jamie Carragher set the tone in the opening two minutes when he was lucky to escape with just a stern word from referee Martin Atkinson after a late tackle on Pienaar.

Reds centre-back Daniel Agger smashed the first chance over the bar in the 15th minute before Pienaar was first into the book for clattering into Javier Mascherano.

Carragher was then booked for a bad challenge on South Africa international Pienaar before the match finally boiled over ten minutes before the break.

Fellaini and Kyrgiakos flew into a challenge with the Greece international seeing red and Fellaini being carried off after lengthy treatment.

A minute before the break Gerrard smashed a 25-yard free-kick onto the bar before Tim Cahill wasted the chance of the half at the other end.

Landon Donovan's cross was met by Mascherano but his clearance only found Cahill. The Australia international, usually so reliable with his head, nodded over from six yards.

And he was made to pay for that miss soon after the restart. Gerrard's corner found Kuyt in the six-yard box and he had the simple task of heading beyond Tim Howard.

But despite having the extra-man advantage Everton struggled to create any clear-cut chances in the second period.

The best of those came two minutes from time when Yakubu turned on the edge of the box and arrowed a shot towards the top corner but Pepe Reina brilliantly tipped the ball over the bar.

Pienaar was then sent for an early bath deep into stoppage time after jumping into Gerrard to pick up his second yellow card as the Reds held out.

Liverpool

Everton

Corners

88

Fouls

1124

Goal attempts

Shots off target

43

Offsides

14

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